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Areas of Specialization
Residential Treatment, Family Program
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ABOUT MOUNTAIN VISTA FARM
Mountain Vista Farm is set on eight secluded acres in Northern California’s Sonoma County. The Glen Ellen facility offers detoxification and a 30-day residential rehab program for adults struggling with substance use disorders. Treatment is holistic and 12-step-based. The Farm has been in operation for more than 50 years.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The initial assessment process for Mountain Vista Farm can begin for clients over the phone or in person. When necessary, clients undergo a monitored detoxification period on-site, for which addiction medication is available.
During the facility’s month-long, structured treatment program, residents do participate in individual counseling. The program’s focus, however, is on daily group counseling, support, and educational sessions. Classes prioritize relapse prevention tools, covering topics such as anger management and gender-specific experiences. Programming also involves recreation and wellness classes, including yoga.
A weekly family day featuring education, support groups, and visitation is prioritized on the facility's website. After completing 30 days of residential rehab, alumni are invited to attend a weekly aftercare group for up to two years. These are held at the Farm and in two other Bay Area locations.
Mountain Vista Farm employs a multidisciplinary team of chemical dependency counselors, master's-level therapists, and consulting medical staff. According to the facility’s website, many staff members are also in recovery.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Tree-lined pathways and gardens surround the Mountain Vista Farm residences, which accommodate 30 clients. Residents can enjoy views of the rolling mountains from several outdoor seating spaces. Bedrooms are semi-private, and website photos depict simple yet comfortable furnishings. To date, the seven individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter appreciated the facility's quality.
Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.4/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Four of the five former clients polled to date by Rehabs.com would recommend Mountain Vista Farm to others. The same number indicated that treatment was worth the cost. Data from more extensive polling of four alumni indicated especially high satisfaction with accommodations.
Feedback on the facility’s treatment practices tended to be more moderate. One alum suggested that there was an over-reliance on 12-step and group sessions, and another agreed that options in counseling approaches were limited, though appreciated the facility's staff. "I would, and have, recommend Mountain Vista Farms to anyone with an addiction," alum J.C. wrote.
Staff Experience and Training: 4/5
Alumni reviews on Google and Yelp for Mountain Vista Farm commonly cited the staff and serene setting as program strengths, but also a need for facility updating. Ten alumni contributed to an average rating of 4.2 out of five stars on Google for the facilityr, and 11 individuals contributing to an averaged rating of 3.5 out of five stars on Yelp.
Across the two secondary review sites, multiple alumni expressed concerns about the staff’s experience, with one writing on Google: “Can’t tell the difference between the patients and the ‘counselors.’” More frequently, though, former clients reported that the staff were available, patient, experienced, and supportive. On Google, B.L. noted that they provided “meaningful and caring” advice.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The seven loved ones polled by Rehabs.com provided consistently favorable feedback for Mountain Vista Farm. Six asked to rate an extensive set of metrics highlighted the facility’s staff and family programming as strengths.
Staff Experience and Training: 4.7/5
Family Participation: 4.3/5
On the other hand, friends and family members tended to agree with alumni on limited variety in therapy, and two reviewers reported that 30 days of treatment was not adequate.
Counseling Options: 3.8/5
Holistic Offerings: 3.7/5
However, half the loved ones offered mediocre comments on accommodations and food.
Feedback from loved ones on Yelp and Google was overwhelmingly critical. Among eight reviews, all but one reported some combination of poor communication, problems stemming from a lack of restrictions placed on residents’ access to outside influences, outdated facilities, and issues with financial procedures.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Rehabs.com has not yet received any feedback from former or current employees of Mountain Vista Farm. However, all three Indeed reviews at the time of this writing were positive, reflecting appreciation for the opportunity to support clients or to work with the facility.
Mountain Vista Farm accepts commercial insurance, Medicare, and Medi-Cal. Discounts are available to clients who self-pay, according to the facility’s website.
Published on August 2018
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